No artist can claim ‘music of the future’ quite like Actress (real name Darren J. Cunningham). The Wolverhampton-born producer has built a reputation as a fine creator of cerebral abstract techno or R&B concrète; crafting pulsing kickdrums, jittering percussion and chopped sample loops into churning, rumbling tracks soaked in static.
After more than a decade submerged in London’s dance subcultures, Actress presented his most carefully constructed bridge between music and technology, ‘a chrome aspect journey into a parallel world‘ LP ’AZD’ in 2017. Following the release of the ’Audio Track 5’ EP, he is going to release a collaboration album with the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO) on Ninja Tune entitled ‘LAGEOS’.
In addition to his recorded work, Actress has been photographed by Wolfgang Tillmans, and the late celebrated photographer Lord Snowden. Other collaborative projects include White Cube artist Eddie Peake and Belgian visual artist Pierre Debusschere, as well as fronting campaigns for fashion brands Acne and Cav Empt, during which he has performed sell out shows at The Barbican Center and Tate Modern London, Sonar Tokyo and Berghain Berlin.
Running the Werkdiscs label set Actress apart also as one of the hottest A&R scouts within his field, having discovered and released some of the most widely talked about artists of the bass generation, namely Disrupt, Zomby, Lukid and Starkey.